Inspiring Ingenuity

Alteryx, Bicycles and Teaching Kids Programming.


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Alteryx: New in 10.1 – HTML SDK

With the release of Alteryx 10.1, we’ve added a new software development kit that will enable our users to easily write their own Alteryx tools using web technologies – HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. We think these changes will make Alteryx tool development quicker, simpler and more accessible than ever before – we hope you’ll give our new SDK a try! This is the first in a series of tutorials that will demonstrate how the SDK works.

I’d like to welcome Mike Niland as a co-author.  He is a developer here at Alteryx  and has been working on the HTML SDK feature and graciously offered to help me write a series of posts exploring the new HTML/Javascript SDK.  Read on for more details: Continue reading


Winter Outdoors in Boulder

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Looking south from South Boulder Peak

Winter in Boulder can be a very mixed bag.  While it’s is possible to have 60° degree weather in January, it is just as likely to have a week, like last week, where the weather doesn’t get above 10°.  Even when the weather is cold and it gets dark early, there are still a large number of people who commute by bike.  I had one ride last week where is was 6° and I saw at least a half dozen people on the bike trails.  When it that cold though, I don’t ride for exercise, I only ride because I hate driving that much. Continue reading


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New Ideas Needed

With the quantity of holidays between now and the end of the year, I am going to be posting a little more sporadically…   I am also looking for ideas for posts.  These can be interesting current event topics to research using Alteryx like the Food Desert post.  It can be difficulties in Alteryx that maybe I can solve like Reading XLSX Directly.  It can be ideas for future product features that I could prototype, like the series on Interactive HTML Visualizations…  It can be new ways to inspire kids to program.

Any and all new ideas are welcome.  Either leave a comment on this post, or if you wish to be more private, email me at ned (at) inspiringingenuity (dot) net.

Thanks for reading,

Ned.


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Ender’s Game

Ender's_game_coverFirst, let me say that I am aware of Orson Scott Card’s politics and in no way do I agree with them.  John Scalzi said it best.  I may never had read any of his works had I known his views before I read them, but it would have been my loss.  Great art is great art.

I 1st read the Ender’s Game short story sometime as a young teenager.  Sometime after the novel came out, I read it, and then I read it again.  I have read it to both of my daughters.  I am uncertain how many times I have read either the novel or the short story, but it is certainly more than I have read any other book. Continue reading


Inspiring Ingenuity

A few years ago, Alteryx had a tag line “Inspiring Ingenuity.”  I loved it and saw it as my goal to inspire ingenuity in the users of Alteryx.  I even went as far as to make bike jerseys that prominently feature the phrase.  It turns out that customers and prospects didn’t like it as much as us developers…  That makes sense because while we are trying to inspire ingenuity, you (the users) are trying to get some work done efficiently. Continue reading


Hello World!

Hello World,

I am Ned Harding, currently CTO at Alteryx.  CTO means different things to different people, but I am primarily a programmer and software architect (and sometimes pretending to be a manager.

In the course of my day, I often am asked to solve problems and create solutions inside of Alteryx and I will be posting some of the more interesting modules and solutions here.  

I expect from time to time my other interests will come out, which at this time are primarily kids, bicycles and living in Boulder Colorado, which we are proud to acknowledge is 25 square miles surrounded by reality.

Thanks for listening,

Ned.